Well, I decided to straighten up my crafts table (for the umpteenth time) and inevitably I had to face the fact that there is no more room to store all my ongoing and abandoned projects. I realized that I had to come clean with myself, take a good look at all of them and make some decisions. I started by bringing them out and taking pictures of each one... just to see if I could kick my own pants into deciding.
But I was soon overwhelmed and unable to figure out where to start: too much stuff! Needless to say, they were all put back in their various bags and baskets, but as I was looking at the pictures I started putting them together, and then I sorted them by "age", and next thing I new I had made a mosaic. So I put it on my desktop to see if I could be inspired to work on some of them; and as I looked at it, it occurred to me that I have plenty there to keep me going for a looooooong time, and that I don't really need to decide what needs to be frogged, finished or passed on right away.
Instead, I figured I could commit to look at one of them at least once a week and take it up or get rid of it. I decided that even working on a few stitches would be fine, just as long as I am dealing with it once a week.
It also occurred to me that I can't be the only one running out of room for UFO's and that maybe someone would like to join me on this endeavor.
So I give you The Un-Finished-Object Project.
So each Friday I will post here either some progress on one of these, or what I decided to do with it. That's all, no commitment to finishing anything or to turn it into a real WIP, just a decision or a little progress. If you are so inclined, leave a link to your own UFO in the comments.
Here's what I'm dealing with:
1.- My beloved Sunshine Afghan. 41 squares finished (it seems like so little), some of them sewn together. Still love it, but I ran out of color combinations that I like and realized that I didn't want a lap blanket.
2.-Remember all those felted sweaters from ages ago? Inspired by the Smorgasbord Afghan from Tangled, I decided to make a blanket. I actually started cutting up squares and my mom helped me blanket stitch quite a few. I have 13 large squares (11.5"), none of them blanket stitched; and 18 small ones (5.5") of which 13 are blanket stitched. I have no exact plan, I just cut the largest squares I could get out of the sweaters, but there is no plan as how to put them together.
3.- Fingerless mittens. Winging the pattern using some sketches and the swatch I knit before.
4.- Top-down yoked cardigan inspired by this shalom. Ripped and restarted a hundred times. As far as I can remember, I was on the right track... so I have no idea why I stalled.
5.- Child's mittens. Almost finished the second mitten. Again, no idea why it got forgotten.
6.-Shawl. I saw this and decided I had to make something similar. Of course I didn't buy the right yarn (one with a long repeat of color) and I don't like the sea foam stitch. Never mind. I do that kind of thing all the time. So I figured something along the lines of a Horai would look pretty in the gorgeous Fiesta Yarns Gracie's Lace (and I mean gorgeous). Last thing I remember I was swatching a pretty lace stitch but I obviously didn't get very far.
7.-Log Cabin Blanket. Finished one rectangle using one skein but got too much yarn left over, so I started the second rectangle over a few more stitches. Got paralized by the fear of not having enough yarn this time and then what will I do with the finished square? This yarn is not amicable to frogging...
8.-Lightweight patchwork throws for the boys. Well, this is another case of running out of storage: of baby clothes. Couldn't quite part with everything so I started cutting all their knits into 4.5" squares (and then some 4.5x2" rectangles, just to save the leftovers... I can't help myself). I think I need over 200 squares for each throw. I have 52 81 (I can't count) so far.
9.-Bed-skirts for the guest room (which right now is a UFO in its own right...). I got as far as cutting the fabric into two long strips, one for each bed.
10.- Nightgown yoke/bustier/don't-know-what-to-call-it. Technically, this is a Work-In-Progress, since it has been recently started and not abandoned; but I'm feeling a little panicky with this long list, so I included it here to avoid its disappearing into the darkness. I was inspired by this, but of course couldn't use the graphic and I'm, as usual, winging it. We'll see how it goes.
Boy, I'm exhausted. I think this will do for this week.
¡Qué post más largo me ha salido! Lo resumo: tengo un montón de proyectos inacabados (todos abandonados menos el último) y tengo que ir quitándomelos de encima como sea, más que nada porque ya no tengo sitio para meterlos. Así que todas las semanas voy a sacar uno y o bien trabajo un poco en él, o se lo doy a alguien que lo quiera terminar, o lo deshago y guardo la lana. Y el viernes publico aquí lo que haya hecho.
Como quiero creer que no soy la única con este síndrome del UFO (UnFinished Object), pienso que a lo mejor alguna os queréis unir a mi proyecto dejando un enlace a vuestro UFO en los comentarios del post de los viernes. ¡Animaos!